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Worried about Pasteurella in your lambs? John Goodwin may have some answers

John Goodwin, a participant on the AFTP's MSc in Sustainable and Efficient Food Production, delivered at Aberystwyth University, is looking to use the scientific knowledge gained on his course to address one of the acute issues for sheep farmers in the winter - Pasteurella pneumonia in both sheep...

AFTP and IFST partnership offers rising stars of the agrifood industry a year’s free membership

The beginning of February heralded the launch of a new collaboration between the AFTP and Institute of Food Science and Technology (IFST). This collaboration offers complimentary one-year IFST membership to any AFTP participant taking one of our courses across our five specialist subject areas....

Counting carbon: a fresh angle on farm efficiency, and a future currency.

What is a “carbon footprint”? A carbon footprint is the total weight of greenhouse gas emissions emitted over the life cycle of a product or service, expressed as kg carbon dioxide (CO2) equivalent (hence “carbon”), representing the contribution of that product or service to climate change. It is...

Linking Alzheimer’s Disease with Diabetes Conference

Linking Alzheimer’s Disease with Diabetes: consequences for population health and the food and beverage industries   Evening Conference15th March 2018 - 5.00-8.00pm University of Reading, Whiteknights Campus, Henley Business School, RG6 6UD. Register Your Place A joint event between the...

A teaspoon here - a teaspoon there - how sugar in our favourite products is being reduced - but have we noticed yet?

Sugar reduction is here to stay as part of the Government’s reformulation programme ‘achieving the 20%’ and our childhood favourites are now in line for redevelopment to bring us the same product…with less sugar.  Kellogg’s recently announced their plans to cut the sugar content of some of our...

OFC Delegates encouraged to cut food waste to increase global food security

At this year's Oxford Farming Conference, Professor Leon Terry Director of Environment and AgriFood at Cranfield University urged the audience and policy makers to review their priorities in relation to research into crop production and post harvest losses. He argued that UK research funding...

AFTP Office Closure over Christmas

The AFTP office will be closed for the Christmas holidays during 22nd December 2017 - 2nd January 2018 inclusive. Any course applications, email/contact form enquiries and voicemails received during this period will therefore be processed by our team when the AFTP office reopens in the New Year on...

Acrylamide in Food - Regulatory and Industry Update

New regulations concerning the levels of acrylamide in foods and drinks were published on 20th November 2017. Some 15 years after the occurrence of acrylamide in cooked foods was first reported, the University of Reading hosted a symposium on 16th November run by the RSC (Royal Society of...

Sustainable intensification means increasing efficiency through higher yields - right?

Since the latest report produced by Food Climate Research Network (FCRN) has been selectively interpreted in Guardian columnist George Monbiot’s unsympathetic assessment of livestock production systems, we would like to present an alternative, more nuanced view. Papers by Capper et al. have shown...

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